Bio Dr Rodney Ford. June 2013

logosDr Rodney Ford,  MB. BS. MD. FRACP. Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Doctor Rodney Ford is a specialist medical doctor, a pediatrician with expertise in allergy and gastroenterology.

His philosophy is “diet: not drugs”.  He has recognized that: “so much of our health and energy problems are the results of our poor food choices and food reactions, especially gluten.”  Too many people are given medications without considering the likely adverse effects of food allergy/ intolerance.

Doctor Ford graduated with honors from the University of New South Wales, Sydney in 1974 (MB. BS). He achieved his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Paediatrics (FRACP) in 1981; and was awarded his Doctorate of Medicine (MD) in 1982.  He has studied food allergy/ intolerance problems in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.  Formerly, Associate Professor of Paediatrics, Otago University, New Zealand, he directed the pediatric allergy and gastroenterology clinic at Christchurch Hospital, for more than 15 years. He now runs the ‘Children’s Clinic and Allergy Centre’, a busy allergy and gastroenterology clinic in Christchurch, New Zealand. ( )

Gluten expert
He is called “Gluten Expert” because throughout his medical career, with food allergy and intolerances, he has made a special study of gluten-related disorders. He was first to describe the “Gluten Syndrome”, which explains the wide-ranging illnesses that are associated with gluten, including celiac disease. These conditions are currently know as “gluten-related disorders”.

Author and speaker
He is a prolific author and international speaker, and has written over a hundred scientific papers including many books.  His series of books on gluten-related disorders include the “The Gluten Syndrome”   (, and “Gluten Brains” (

His most recent book “Gluten: ZERO Global” ( puts the argument that “gluten is bad for us all”.  He says: “Go gluten-zero before it is too late!”

His purpose – gluten zero
Dr Ford is determined to tell the world about the harmful effects of gluten.  He and many other medical colleagues have discovered that countless people are being badly affected by gluten – but they are currently unaware of it!  Also, most medical practitioners have yet to come to grips with this new entity.  He estimates that a third of all chronic ill health are caused by gluten.  He is working to increase the level of what he calls “gluten consciousness” in the community.  He predicts that a third of the health-informed-community will have adopted a gluten-zero lifestyle within the next 10 years.  Part of this food revolution will come about when the term “gluten-free” is changed to “gluten-zero”.  Precise words are powerful: a change of a word can create a change in behaviour.

Dr Ford adopted a gluten-zero diet 10 years ago.  He now challenges all doctors who deal with gluten-related disorders to also eat gluten-zero.

Bio Dr Rodney Ford. June 2013

By Rodney Ford